In April 2017, manufacturing output fell back (−1.2%)Industrial production index - April 2017

In April 2017, output slipped back in the manufacturing industry (−1.2% after +2.8% in March), and, to a lesser extent, in the whole industry (−0.5% after +2.2%).

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No 152
Paru le : 09/06/2017
Prochaine parution le : 08/09/2017 at 08:45 - July 2017

Please note: all the series are seasonally (SA) and working-day adjusted (WDA) and SA-WDA models have been updated for this publication.

The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In April 2017, output slipped back in the manufacturing industry (−1.2% after +2.8% in March), and, to a lesser extent, in the whole industry (−0.5% after +2.2%).

Over the last three months, manufacturing output was virtually stable (−0.1%)

Manufacturing output remained virtually stable over the last three months in the manufacturing industry (−0.1%). It decreased in the overall industry (−0.7%).

Output decreased markedly in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−4.9%) and in the manufacture of transport equipment (−1.6%). It tumbled in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−10.9%). Conversely, it grew in the manufacture of food products and beverages (+0.7%). It was virtually stable in “other manufacturing” (+0.1%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+0.1%).

Over a year, manufacturing output went up (+1.6%)

Manufacturing output of the last three months increased compared to the same months of 2016 (+1.6%). It went up more moderately in the whole industry (+0.8%).

Over a year, output increased sharply in “other manufacturing” (+1.9%) and in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (+2.9%). It also rose in the manufacture of transport equipment (+0.9%). It was stable in the manufacture of food products and beverages. By contrast, it decreased steeply in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply (−3.7%) and in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (−6.1%).

Graphique1a – Monthly Industrial Production Indices

  • Legend: CZ: Manufacturing - (C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages - (C3): Machinery and equipment goods - (C4): Manufacture of transport equipment - (C5): Other manufacturing
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES

Tableau1a – Variation in the Industrial Production

2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA : A10, (A17) April / March March / Feb. Q-o-Q change (1) Year-on-year change (2)
BE: INDUSTRY –0.5 2.2 –0.7 0.8
CZ: Manufacturing –1.2 2.8 –0.1 1.6
(C1): Manufacture of food products and beverages –0.7 1.1 0.7 0.0
(C2): Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 9.2 –3.0 –10.9 –6.1
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods –1.6 4.9 0.1 2.9
(C4): Manufacture of transport equipment –6.2 5.4 –1.6 0.9
(C5): Other manufacturing –0.2 2.1 0.1 1.9
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 4.4 –1.4 –4.9 –3.7
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 3.4 –5.4 1.1 6.5
  • (1) Last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Last three months / same three months of previous year
  • The codes correspond to the level of aggregation A 10 (A 17) of the "NA" aggregated classification based on the French classification of activities NAF rev.2.
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES

Tableau2a – Variation in the Industrial Production

2010 based, SA-WDA changes in %
Variation in the Industrial Production
NA : A10, (A17), [A38 or A64] April 2017 April / March March / Feb. Quarter-on-quarter change
BE: INDUSTRY 102.1 –0.5 2.2 –0.7
CZ: Manufacturing 103.1 –1.2 2.8 –0.1
(C1): Man. of food products and beverages 101.0 –0.7 1.1 0.7
(C2): Man. of coke and refined petroleum products 85.9 9.2 –3.0 –10.9
(C3): Machinery and equipment goods 102.3 –1.6 4.9 0.1
[CI] Man. of computer, electronic and optical products 107.7 –0.8 0.7 1.5
[CJ] Man. of electrical equipment 88.3 –0.7 –1.0 –1.8
[CK] Man. of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (1) 105.1 –2.9 13.0 –0.5
(C4): Man. of transport equipment 109.6 –6.2 5.4 –1.6
[CL1] Man. of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 99.5 –6.3 3.6 –3.6
[CL2] Man. of other transport equipment 119.7 –6.1 6.9 0.1
(C5): Other manufacturing 102.8 –0.2 2.1 0.1
[CB] Man. of textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related products 88.8 –1.4 7.2 –2.8
[CC] Man. of wood and paper products; printing and reproduction of recorded media 86.7 0.2 0.2 2.3
[CE] Man. of chemicals and chemical products 122.8 –0.5 4.7 0.7
[CF] Man. of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 121.4 8.5 –0.8 –3.8
[CG] Man. of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products 99.4 –2.0 1.0 1.9
[CH] Man. of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 97.9 –0.3 1.8 1.3
[CM] Other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment 98.8 –3.2 3.0 –0.3
DE: Mining and quarrying; energy; water supply; waste management 96.1 4.4 –1.4 –4.9
[BZ] Mining and quarrying 94.6 –2.1 –4.1 5.8
[DZ] Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply 95.3 5.6 –0.9 –6.3
[EZ] Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation 103.7 0.3 –2.9 –0.4
FZ: CONSTRUCTION 89.7 3.4 –5.4 1.1
MIGs (2)
Capital goods 104.0 –3.7 5.1 0.3
Intermediate goods 99.9 –0.9 1.2 0.3
Consumer durables 109.9 0.3 4.7 1.2
Consumer non-durables 106.1 1.5 1.2 –0.7
Energy 95.3 5.1 –1.2 –5.9
  • (1) n.e.c. : not elsewhere classifiable
  • (2) Main industrial groupings: definition in Commission regulation EC of 14 June 2007
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES

In April, output fell back sharply in the manufacture of transport equipment (−6.2% after +5.4%)

Output fell back markedly in the manufacture of other transport equipment (−6.1% after +6.9%) and in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (−6.3% after +3.6%).

It slipped back in the manufacture of machinery and equipment goods (−1.6% after +4.9%)

Output fell back in the manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. (−2.9% after +13.0%) and in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (−0.8% after +0.7%). It decreased again in the manufacture of electrical equipment (−0.7% after −1.0%).

Output diminished slightly in “other manufacturing” (−0.2% after +2.1%)

Output slipped back sharply in “other manufacturing; repair and installation of machinery and equipment” (−3.2%) and in the manufacture of rubber and plastics products and other non-metallic mineral products (−2.0%). It fell in the manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment (−0.3%) and in chemicals (−0.5%). Conversely, it soared in pharmaceuticals (+8.5%).

Output declined in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.7% after +1.1%)

Output fell back in the manufacture of food products and beverages (−0.7% after +1.1%), due to a downturn in the “manufacture of other food products”.

Output bounced back in mining and quarrying, energy, water supply, waste management (+4.4% after −1.4%)

Output bounced back markedly in electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply (+4.4% after −1.4%), from a relatively low level of activity in February and in March, due to fairly mild temperatures.

Output rallied strongly in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+9.2% after −3.0%)

Output bounced back sharply in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (+9.2% after −3.0%), as a refinery returned to full production after some maintenance in March.

Tableau3a – Revision of variations

(in percentage point)
Revision of variations
March / Feb. Feb. / Jan. Jan. / Dec. Q1 2017 / Q4 2016 2016 / 2015
Industry (BE) 0.26 0.02 0.12 0.23 –0.01
raw serie 0.27 0.11 0.07 0.25 –0.01
SA-WDA parameters –0.01 –0.09 0.05 –0.02 0.00
Manufacturing (CZ) 0.26 0.03 0.12 0.24 –0.01
raw serie 0.33 0.11 0.09 0.29 –0.01
SA-WDA parameters –0.07 –0.08 0.03 –0.05 0.00
  • How to read it: in the manufacturing sector, the SA-WDA variation between February 2017 and March 2017 is revised by +0.26 points, +0.33 points are due to the revision of the raw series and −0.07 points to the updating of the SA-WDA parameters.
  • Sources: INSEE, SSP, SDES